Sunday, May 29, 2016

extra long weekend in Smithers

Edwin & I took a few extra days off prior to the May long weekend to visit my little sis in Smithers, BC. She has lived there for almost 2 years now and this is only my second time visiting her! Edwin had not been there yet at all. I felt a bit bad when I realized that. We will have to go more often - Smithers is actually a cute little town, I promise! (you should go!)

As the drive to Smithers is about 12 hours, we opted to leave on Wednesday night, stay in Kamloops, and then continue with the drive on Thursday. I was such a good passenger - I only slept for 30 minutes on the drive there! When awake, I was on bear and wildlife watch. In total in our trip, we saw: 7 deer (deers?), 5 bears, and 1 eagle. (Sitting on the side of the road, so very up close!) For the drive home, we just did it all in one go on Monday. The actual driving, if there was no stopping for gas/bathroom/meal breaks, was about 11 hours or so. We were expecting traffic coming home but there was none! Shocking for a long weekend.

We did lots while we were there, and we met a lot of Jen's coworkers & friends which was fun. Probably the highlight was on Friday when we drove up to Hyder, Alaska. This is a tiny, tiny ghost town near Stewart, BC accessible by vehicle. It was about 4 hours driving from Smithers, but so worth it. The drive was gorgeous with snow capped mountains the entire time. Hyder doesn't have much, but it has a little bar there where you can get "Hyderized" and receive a certificate! It is a shot that is 75% alcohol and does NOT taste good, but it is what you do when in Hyder! Edwin, Jen & I all are now proud owners of a certificate.

Here are some photos of our extra long weekend road trip to the North: (also known as #ShedwinGoesToSmithers on social media)

Welcome to Smithers! (as Jen said, those mountains in the background are the pride and joy of Smithers)

The drive to Alaska was like this - the whole way! Beautiful.

When you stop at a cool glacier, you obviously take a selfie...

...and throw rocks as far as you can.

The border of Stewart, BC and Hyder, Alaska.

Getting Hyderized...(the lady who worked there took this pic... sorry for the poor quality!)

The Canadian border. You don't need to do anything to enter Alaska, but you do need to go through the border on the way back to Stewart, BC.

Don't we live in such a beautiful province?

A cool railway bridge/walkway over the river.

Food truck at the river. A very pretty location!

There are lots of pretty outdoor places here - including this lake.
We went for a hike at Twin Falls with our aunt Heather. (she is actually my moms cousin who lives there, which is awesome for my sis to have some family there!)

Now this weekend, we are relaxing and catching up on laundry, groceries, cleaning, and family dinners. I love getting back to a bit of routine! Have a great week ahead!

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